The 23rd Annual Chocolate Ball is The Arc of Howard County‘s Signature Event! This black tie preferred gala, a magical evening of fine food, live music, dancing, signature beverages, silent auction, raffles, and of course, delicious chocolate, was held at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City on Saturday, March 7th, 2020!
This year we were thrilled that Sherri Collins-Witzke, President of the Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home, was the 2020 Chocolate Ball Honorary Chair! We were joined by a fabulous panel of Chocolate Ball Judges who judged the delicious confections from the Chocolate Ball Bakers! The Chocolate Ball Judges were:
- Brenda von Rautenkranz of vR Growth and Learning Center and Walter von Rautenkranz of Nutkao USA
- Ian Kennedy, Executive Director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission
- Steve Wecker, Principal of the Wecker Hospitality Group, featuring Cured: Table & Tap, 18th & 21st, and the Iron Bridge Wine Co.
- Michael Teitelbaum, President of Baltimore Magazine
We were thrilled to have the Chocolate Ball Bakers serve delectable creations. The Bakers included: Elkridge Furnace Inn, Lincoln Culinary Institute, Baldwin’s Station, Tous les Jours, The Cake Faerie, Debi’s Cake Studio, Putting on the Ritz, and Starry Night Bakery. Special thanks to Wilma Bakes Cakes and Giant Food for donating desserts. Guests danced to the fabulous sounds of the band, Oracle, while raising money for a great cause! All net funds raised from the 23rd Annual Chocolate Ball go towards supporting the programmatic efforts of The Arc of Howard County in supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Howard County, Maryland.
Thank you to all of our fabulous and generous sponsors! We realize how fortunate we were to have held our event, when so many of our friends and colleagues’ foundations, and non-profits were unable to due to COVID-19. We look forward to when we can support our friends and colleagues’ events in the near future. Stay Safe Everyone!
Thank to all the businesses — local and national, the community members, the Arc of Howard County Board, The Arc of Howard County staff, and others who donated Raffle Prizes and to the Silent Auction. We are grateful for your support!
We hope to see you next year at the 24th Annual Chocolate Ball…Saturday, March 6th, 2021. Save the date!